Meet Jade, NY-based Soulcycle Instructor and 23-year-old model, actress and fitness extraordinaire. She sat down with us to discuss everything from how she stays fueled for 3-5 Soulcycle classes a day, to how she’s overcome extreme challenges and shares some serious wisdom with us. We’re enormous fans of Jade’s killer class and the mindfulness that comes with it.
What brought you to Soulcycle?
I was eighteen; I had just finished high school. I was juggling college along with acting, dancing and modeling on the side. A girl I met at the gym brought me to a Soulcycle class, and I honestly went back because of how amazing the customer service was—the front desk staff was kind, infectiously bubbly, and just put all the riders in a good mood. Everything was yellow and reminded me of sunshine—my grandmother used to call me sunshine. So I originally was working the front desk. Then, I started riding in classes more and more, when an instructor approached me and told me I had to audition. When I got the job, I was one of the youngest instructors to go through the program. They were really tough on me in the most loving way. I didn’t feel like a job; it felt like the place I was supposed to be.
How do you fuel up for 3-5 classes a day?
Sometimes it is hard to eat before class; I’ll try and have a lean body protein shake one hour before. After class, I can have something a little heavier, like oatmeal. Throughout the day, I try to get in as much protein as I can. Egg whites, turkey bacon, and grilled chicken with lemon and pepper are my go-tos. I’m Italian, and I don’t teach any classes on Saturday; that’s my cheat day. I really have to feel good while I’m teaching my class, that’s why it is so important for me to eat healthy.
What does your skincare routine look like?
Since I’m sweating so many times a day, my skin gets really dry, and it’s very sensitive. I have to towel off my face as soon as I leave class: if I even wait ten minutes, I’ll start to break out. Then, I go and use a cleanser, toner and moisturizer to keep my face clean between classes.
How do you relax and unwind after a busy day?
I love really hot bubble baths with Epsom salts. It relaxes me and my muscles after a long day of teaching. I also love to watch a good movie with a really good glass of red wine. I don’t drink very much—but life is about balance, and everyone deserves to treat themselves a little bit. I also enjoy going for long walks; it puts my mind and body at ease.
What does your ideal day look like?
My ideal day is when I’m teaching classes filled with people that have great energy. Then I have lunch with my closest friends; I go on a good hike to recharge. Then I shop a little, to treat myself. I end the day by hanging with my mom and cooking with her.
How do you face challenges in your life?
I face challenges by taking a step back and realizing that I have this one moment until the next moment. I’ve always had some anxiety, but since my father passed away just over a year ago I have become much stronger. I remember that no matter what happened I can figure out how to handle what I have—it would not have come my way if I couldn’t handle it.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever given?
Things always work out, even if they don’t feel like they do. Give things time and find trust in yourself. If your heart is still beating and you’re still breathing, there is a solution.
What has being a Soulcycle instructor taught you about yourself?
I learned that whenever I say “I can’t” to something, it is just fear talking. In my class, I always realize that I can. I can do whatever I need to do with my mind and body at work—and so can anyone else who takes my class. I was going to Soulcycle as a place of escape after my dad passed—and then it became my hope, my place of comfort. It forced my to face my life, and made me the person I am today.
Talk about wise beyond her years. We’re so glad that Jade was able to share her inspiring story with us. Tap it back with Jade in the Roslyn and Woodbury Studios, on Long Island, NY.